How To Evaluate Figure Skating Injuries

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How To Evaluate Figure Skating Injuries

Proper stroking technique is important in that the skater desires maximum speed without having to expend needless energy or put unnecessary stress on the body.
Here one can see severe pronation with pes planus, hallux valgus and a small cyst over the Achilles. This patient is an adult figure skater, who has skated for most of her life and reports having skate “boot problems from the very beginning.” (Photos cour
Here one can see severe pronation with pes planus, hallux valgus and a small cyst over the Achilles. This patient is an adult figure skater, who has skated for most of her life and reports having skate “boot problems from the very beginning.” (Photos cour
Here one can see a fifth digital heloma durum. This patient is a 10-year-old female figure skater, who is practicing at a high level (including double jumps). (Photos courtesy of Allison Stringer, PT)
Note the pronounced pronation with PTTD and pes planus. This patient is a 10-year-old female figure skater, who is practicing at a high level (including double jumps). (Photos courtesy of Allison Stringer, PT)
This skate boot has a “dance back” modification that  can help remedy irritation or dermal thickening of the lower posterior leg due to repeated plantarflexion. Achieving this modification involves removing a portion of the posterior-superior upper and in

In order to ensure a thorough assessment of skating injuries and potential causes, the author strongly recommends that these patients bring their skate boots with them to the podiatric appointment.
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By Rachel A. Janowicz, DPM

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